Officer who left woman in car hit by train avoids jail

Ex-Colorado police officer who put handcuffed woman in car hit by train avoids jail

Sep 18, 2023 by BBC News - World

Key Facts

  • Image source, Fort Lupton Police Department Image caption, Dash camera footage captured the terrifying moment the train hit the parked police car An ex-police officer in the US state of Colorado - who locked a handcuffed woman in a police car that was then hit by a freight train - has avoided jail.
  • The incident happened in September 2022, when Steinke and another officer were investigating an alleged road rage incident involving a weapon in Weld County - about 72 miles (115km) from the state capital of Denver.
  • Steinke added that she hoped to give educational talks to police officers about the dangers of railway tracks.
  • According to the Denver Post, a lawyer for Ms Rios-Gonzalez told the court that while his client suffered from having her life so radically altered by the crash and felt angry, she also felt sorry Steinke had lost her career.

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